Results of the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler

18th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler celebrates the 18th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year’s survey boasts the highest responses and scores ever in each category. With nearly 28,000 travelers voting, the lists show an even greater global variety and depth.

Many perennial favorites are holding onto their top spots. Singapore Airlines is again the 2005 #1 International Route Airline, and has led this category for 17 of the past 18 years (in 1994 Swissair took the top spot). San Francisco, the #1 US City, has also been #1 for 17 of the past 18 years (in 1992 Santa Fe won the honor). But there are some surprises too, including St. Lucia’s Ladera, which is the first-ever Caribbean Hotel to rank number one in the Best of the Best category. St. John also climbed to the top of the Caribbean/Island category, marking the first time since 1994 that Bermuda has not won.

Also of note was the fact that New Orleans made the top ten cities list, which it has done consistently since Conde Nast Traveler’s first reader poll in 1988. The magazine is confident that The Big Easy will rank high in the years to come, despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. As editor Klara Glowczewska notes, “New Orleans will need more than just your accolades … bringing back residents and visitors alike will be fundamental to the city’s long-term survival and will test the mettle of its tourism officials.” New Orleans can find hope in Thailand’s remarkable recovery. With five resorts (all in Phuket) in the top 15 Asian resorts category, there is proof that these beautiful regions are fully rebounding after last year’s Tsunami.

Below are results for the top three winners in each category. Complete Awards results are listed on page 259 of the November issue, on newsstands October 25th.

Top Cities – United States: Top Cities – Asia:
1. San Francisco, CA 1. Bangkok
2. Santa Fe, CA 2. Hong Kong
3. Charleston, SC 3. Singapore

Top Cities – Europe: Top Cities – Africa/Middle East:
1. Florence, Italy 1. Cape Town
2. Rome, Italy 2. Jerusalem
3. Venice, Italy 3. Marrakech

Top Cities – Pacific Rim: Top Cities – The Americas:
1. Sydney 1. Vancouver
2. Melbourne 2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
3. Queenstown, NZ 3. Buenos Aires

Top Islands – Europe: Top Islands – Pacific Rim:
1. Mykonos & the Cyclades 1. Maui
2. Majorca & Minorca 2. Kauai
3. Sicily 3. Bora Bora

Top Islands – Caribbean/Atlantic: Top Islands – North America:
1. St. John 1. Vancouver Island
2. Bermuda 2. Kiawah, South Carolina
3. British Virgin Islands 3. Nantucket

Top Islands – Asia: Top International Route Airlines:
1. Phuket 1. Singapore Airlines
2. Bali 2. Cathay Pacific
3. Mauritius 3. Emirates

Top Domestic Route Airlines: Top Rental Car Agencies:
1. JetBlue 1. Hertz
2. Midwest 2. Avis
3. Song 3. Enterprise

Top Large Cruise Lines: Top Small Cruise Lines:
1. Crystal Cruises 1. Silversea
2. Radisson Seven Seas 2. Seabourn
3. Celebrity 3. SeaDream Yacht Club

Top Resorts – Africa: Top Resorts – Canada:
1. Chief’s Camp, Botswana 1. Four Seasons, Whistler, B.C.
2. Singita Private Game Reserve 2. Post Hotel, Lake Louise, Alberta
3. Phinda Private Game Reserve 3. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, B.C.

Top Resorts – Atlantic: Top Resorts – Central/South
1. One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas 1. Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo,
2. The Reefs, Bermuda 2. Explora Atacama, Chile
3. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos 3. Turtle Inn, Belize

Top Resorts – Asia: Top Resorts – Mexico:
1. Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, Bali 1. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
2. Ritz-Carlton, Bali 2. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuantanejo
3. Four Seasons, Chiang Mai, Thailand 3. Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Top Resorts – Pacific Rim: Top Resorts – Europe:
1. Four Seasons Hualalai, Big Island 1. K Club, County Kildare
2. Lodge at Koele, Lanai 2. Dromoland Castle, County Clare
3. Halekulani, Oahu 3. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas,
Top Resorts – Caribbean: Top Resorts – United States:
1. Four Seasons, Nevis 1. Little Palm Island, FL
2. Peter Island Resort, BVI 2. Inn at Spanish Bay, CA
3. Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua 3. Lodge at Pebble Beach, CA

Top Hotels – Asia: Top Hotels – Caribbean/Atlantic:
1. The Peninsula, Hong Kong 1. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
2. Amankila, Bali 2. Le Toiny, St. Barts
3. Oberol Rajvilas, Jaipur, India 3. Hotel Carl Gustaf, St. Barts

Top Hotels – Pacific Rim: Top Hotels – Africa/Middle East:
1. Lilanfels Blue Mountains, Australia 1. Cape Grace, Cape Town
2. Four Seasons, Sydney 2. Four Seasons at the First
Residence, Cairo
3. Park Hyatt, Sydney 3. Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl,
South Africa

Top Hotels – Europe: Top Hotels – South America:
1. Four Seasons, Istanbul 1. Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco, Peru
2. Four Seasons George V, Paris 2. Four Seasons, Buenos Aires
3. Four Seasons, Milan 3. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos
Top Hotels – United States: Top Hotels – Canada:
1. Twin Farms, Barnard, VT 1. Hotel Dominion 1912, Quebec
2. Four Seasons, Chicago, IL 2. Opus Hotel, Vancouver
3. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA 3. Four Seasons, Vancouver

Top Hotels – British Isles Top Hotels – Central
1. Chewton Glen, Hampshire, 1. Casa Santo Domingo, Guatemala
2. Cliveden, Berkshire 2. JW Marriott, Mexico City
3. Gravetye Manor, West Sussex 3. Las Mananitas, Cuernavaca,

The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler is available on newsstands on October 25th. Unlike many other travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler does not accept free travel and accommodations, and its correspondents, as far as possible, travel anonymously. The result is travel the way consumers experience it — good and bad, with reporting that is fair and honest. Conde Nast Traveler recently won its 6th National Magazine Award and is still the only travel publication to have won the highest honor in magazine publishing. Conde Nast Traveler, the 2005 Zagat Survey Best Travel Magazine, has a circulation of over 750,000 and is published by Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

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